Residential Life Update – May 2, 2021

2021-05-02T21:42:38-04:00May 2, 2021|

We’re back from April Vacation and rapidly approaching the end of the school year.  Please be sure to submit end-of-year travel plans through Boardingware no later than May 5th (details below).

Students and staff are happy to be back in classrooms this week and after-school activities and athletic events have resumed with precautionary measures.  Over the break, all residential students age 16 and older received their first vaccine doses.  Second doses are scheduled for May 13th and they are on track to be fully vaccinated before departing campus at the end of the school year.  

Staff, students, and families are involved with planning end-of-year celebrations for our graduating seniors.  Please review the links below for the latest information including guidelines for travel to Maine for our international families and be in touch with any questions.

Be well,

Jake Abbott
Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
Lincoln Academy

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events at LA

  • Tuesday, May 4: AP exams begin. Click here for a complete schedule. More info below about exam fees.
  • Saturday, May 8: SATs at LA
  • Wednesday, May 12: 6:30 pm via Google Meet. College Info Night. Link to join.
  • Thursday, May 13: Lincoln Academy Parent Association Meeting. Graduation and end-of-year updates, summer plans, and welcoming the Class of 2025. Via Google Meet: link to join
  • Wednesday, May 19: Meeting for incoming 9th grade families. Via Google Meet.
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day, no school
  • Tuesday, June 1-Friday, June 4: Senior Week
  • Friday, June 4: 4 pm at the Augusta Civic Center. LA Commencement at the Augusta Civic Center. (Details below)
  • Thursday, June 10: Last day of School for underclass students

Travel Dates

The Office of Residential Life needs families to verify end-of-year travel plans by May 5th. 

Please review the following schedules and be in touch with any questions.

End of 2020/2021 School Year Approved Travel Dates:

Seniors Departing June 2021

  • Friday 6/4 evening, graduation is done at approximately 5 pm, so any flights should be scheduled late in the evening
  • Any time on Saturday 6/5
  • Day time on Sunday 6/6, but must be off campus by dinner

Underclassmen Departing June 2021

  • Thursday 6/10 after last academic commitment
  • Must be off campus by dinner on Friday 6/11

Click here for Approved Travel Dates for the 2021/2022 School Year. 


We are all hopeful for in-person graduation events this year and planning is well underway.  Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 4th.   Here are the most up-to-date expectations for international travel for arrival in the state of Maine.

Travel and safety guidelines change regularly and Lincoln Academy can not guarantee anything when it comes to travel, local accommodations, and end of year events. If parents of seniors are interested in attending for senior week events, contact Lu-Shien Tan and Jake Abbott so that we can compile a list of interested parties for further communication and dialogue about the process as we get closer to the end of the year.

2021 Graduation will take place at the Augusta Civic Center at 4 pm on June 4, 2021

The senior class and their families have spoken loud and clear: the Class of 2021 wants an in-person graduation that includes spectators. 

Thanks to feedback from seniors and senior parents, we will take our beloved LA Commencement traditions on the road to the Augusta Civic Center, where we can safely host up to 900 people inside (no issues with rain!), hold our traditional ceremony complete with speeches and performances, and award diplomas to the entire class of 2021. 

We have booked the Civic Center, which was available for our scheduled date and time: Friday, June 4 at 4 pm. While guest attendance is still limited, seniors will be given enough tickets to accommodate immediate family.

The rest of graduation week (June 1-3) is still in the planning stages, but events will include a class cookout on campus with a slideshow presentation of Class Night awards, and an outdoor Baccalaureate ceremony with live speakers and the graduates. While only seniors will be able to attend the Class Night slide show and Baccalaureate in person, they will be live streamed for families. 

While dates of Senior Week events may vary due to weather and changes in public health conditions, seniors should reserve the afternoon/evenings of June 1, 2, and 3.

We are very excited to move forward with a robust schedule of celebratory events for the Class of 2021!

Jake Abbott and Hilary Petersen

2021 Graduation Committee Chairs


  • Lincoln Academy Learning Hub, with links to Canvas, PowerSchool, and everything else families need for learning at LA
  • LA Flickr site, which includes photos from orientation week. New images will be posted regularly

LA News Headlines

Back to School 2021

August 2: Registration portal opens
August 16: Preseason Sports begin
August 31: 9th grade parent orientation 6pm
September 1: 9th and 10th grade orientation
September 2: All grades begin school
September 6: Labor Day Holiday, no school
September 8: Open House for parents

To see the complete schedule and the 2021 parent letter, click here.

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